Art Dealer Arrested for Allegedly Importing Ivory

An art and antiquities dealer has been arrested for his alleged involvement in an elaborate African elephant ivory smuggling scheme.

Federal prosecutors contend that Victor Gordon is responsible for the illegal import of nearly a ton of ivory from 2006 to 2009.

Gordon allegedly financed the purchase of raw ivory in Africa, which was then carved and stained to appear old.  Ivory collected before 1989 can be legally traded under international treaty and American law.

Elephants have been poached for their tusks for thousands of years.  In the last 40 years, however, poaching has led to a serious decline in elephant populations; the 1970′s and 1980′s alone saw a 60% population decline across Africa.

Salvatore Amato, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Region Office of Law Enforcement said in a statement (PDF) that, “illegal ivory trafficking jeopardizes the survival of an imperiled species and undermines our commitment to tracking down profiteers who deal in black market ivory in the United States.”

Gordon pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of smuggling charges and violation of the Endangered Species Act. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Sue Griffiths
Sue Griffiths3 years ago

If found guilty this dealer should be given a lethal injection. He's of no use in this world and it would be a deterrent to others. Why keep this kind of scum alive? Think how many elephants would be saved if he was no longer around. That goes for each and every poacher. Just get rid of them one by one. The elephants lives are far too precious to be ended by morons.

Frans Badenhorst
Frans Badenhorst3 years ago

poor poor elephants who suffered so unnecessary for this perverted human LUST of money... so sad...

Michele Wilkinson

Throw him in jail, lose the key and forget all about him.

Xil L.
Xil L.3 years ago

jail, not bail! a jear for every tusk

Fred L.
Fred L.3 years ago

Pull all his teeth (without anesthesia), then shoot him.

Barbaric but just.

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.3 years ago

Victor Gordon deserves life in prison. He perpetrated the hunting and killin, and also trying to disguise the ivory to look old. Man has become so greedy and so inhumane!

Ans Weevers
Ans Weevers3 years ago

‎"The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be determined by the ways it treats it's animals."
Mahatma Gandhi

Phil and Barbar b.

Thank you, we must stop these acts against animals and punish the accused!!!!!!

Lynn W.
Lynn W.3 years ago

twenty years is not enough, this man contributed to the deaths of an unknown number of intelligent beings, and he should spend the rest of his life in prison.

paul m.
paul m.3 years ago

Should be buired in Elephant crap !!